With the announcement of President Trump’s proposed budget cuts for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), GPB is determined to continue its vital mission of engaging the citizens of Georgia with the public media resources they have received free of charge for more than half a century. We know that CPB has a great deal of support among congressional leaders. Here in Georgia, GPB is supported by a diverse array of members, viewers and listeners who want us to continue to serve the many communities they represent across the state. As an essential resource to Georgians, GPB provides the citizens of our state and neighboring states with lifelong learning experiences, balanced, unbiased news and information and trusted children's programming. GPB will mobilize its resources to help concerned Georgians who want to voice their support for the CPB and public broadcasting.
FAQ – Impact of potential Loss of CPB Funding for Public Media & Georgia Public Broadcasting
What is the CPB?
CPB (Corporation for Public Broadcasting) is a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967.
Since 1968, CPB has been the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting and the largest single source of funding for public radio, television, and related online and mobile services. For approximately $1.35 per American per year, CPB provides essential operational support for the nearly 1,500 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations, which reach virtually every household in the country.
What is the mission of CPB?
CPB’s mission is to ensure universal access to non-commercial, high-quality content and telecommunications services. It does so by distributing more than 70% of its funding to nearly 1,500 locally owned public radio and television stations.
How does the CPB’s work impact GPB and other public media stations?
CPB’s role in public media is to shield stations from political influence, and deliver federal support in a way that does not affect a station’s ability to operate independently. More than 1,041 local public radio stations and more than 365 local public television stations currently receive support from CPB. GPB receives funding from CPB that, in turn, is used to pay member dues to PBS and NPR. GPB and other public media stations maintain sole authority and responsibility for selecting, presenting, and scheduling program airings. GPB is also an integral component of on-the-ground communication efforts in times of crisis and an essential component of homeland security here in Georgia.
What are some examples of GPB’s programming that CPB helps support?
CPB invests in public media journalism to ensure that the American public has access to high-quality local, regional and national reporting that is fair, accurate and balanced. In 2015 alone, CPB invested nearly $12 million in journalism, including $7.5 million for public media’s flagship journalism enterprises: “Frontline,” “PBS NewsHour” and NPR’s international coverage. CPB also supports children’s content that has positioned public media as a leading destination for children. Recent examples of CPB-funded children’s content include “Splash and Bubbles,” “Nature Cat,” and “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.”
Additionally, GPB is a vital and important provider for educators around the state of Georgia interacting with near 60,000 teachers. GPB’s educational products such as “Chemistry Matters,” “Georgia Race Through Time,” the Georgia Studies Digital Textbook and “Fast Forward” are downloaded many thousands of times and remain the most used digital properties of all GPB’s media.
In short, GPB is more than television, radio and digital. It is a resource to Georgia’s classrooms and, therefore, the many children of our state.
How is public media taking a stand to protect stations and content, and how can supporters of GPB get involved?
Visit Protect My Public Media to learn how you can voice your support for public media by sharing its story of impact. Check out the website to get the latest email, and blog updates and learn how to connect on Facebook and Twitter.
How do I voice my concerns to my elected officials?
The most effective way to let your representatives know of your concerns is to first call their offices. You can also email them and send letters. To find a list of Georgia’s Congressional Representatives, visit govtrack and enter your address. You’ll be provided with complete contact information for your representatives.
Individual Support for GPB
In addition to CPB funding, GPB is powered by gifts from individuals who support the work of public media on television, radio and the web. We encourage you to join GPB as a member at www.gpb.org/support. If you are already a member, thank you, and please consider making an additional gift in support of GPB and the vital work it does in the state of Georgia.
In today’s ever-changing world of social media, we encourage you to share your support of GPB by using the hashtag #supportGPB.
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